The STC’s MOOC which I announced last month is apparently not happening. It was supposed to let participants explore the field of technical communications, and I was scheduled to teach the introductory module starting 30 September.
My assumption that the MOOC is not happening is based on the facts I have at this point:
- There has been no announcement by the STC beyond an introductory one-page article in the July/August issue of the STC’s intercom magazine.
- There is no place to sign up for the MOOC and to get specific information.
- There is no content in the MOOC’s staging area.
I’m really sorry that it’s not happening.
I think we’ve lost a great opportunity to let people know what a varied and vibrant profession technical communication is. That we are mainly about improving relationships with customers and users where people meet products and services – not about spelling and serial commas.
At a time when professions and job requirements develop rapidly around us, it is important to prove that technical communicators do add value and play important roles in defining and implementing content strategies and user experiences – and this MOOC would have been a great chance to do just that.